New Delhi: ‘Good hygiene practices helped me stay healthy and I was able to give my best at every opportunity, be it education, sports and Miss World! Every girl deserves the same opportunity,’ says Miss World Manushi Chillar as she accepts the #PadManChallenge which was initiated by India’s real PadMan – Arunachalam Muruganantham, who gave India its first ever low-cost sanitary pads making machine 14 years ago. The 20-year-old, Manushi Chillar was challenged by the ‘Fukrey’ actor Pulkit Samrat, she accepted the task and posted a picture on her social media with a sanitary napkin in hand and further challenged Mr World Rohit Khandelwal, Miss world 2000 Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh.
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Out of the three people Manushi challenged, as of now, Ranveer Singh is the only one who has taken the #PadManChallenge. The actor has posted a Dubsmash video holding a sanitary pad along with Akshay Kumar.
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— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) February 9, 2018
The PadMan challenge that hopes to start the conversation about menstruation coincides with Manushi Chillar’s global tour – ‘Feminine Hygiene Awareness’ that she initiated on February 1 under her campaign ‘Project Shakti’, in a bid to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene and menstrual waste around the world. As a part of the global tour, Manushi is moving city-to-city and country-to-country spreading the message that ‘Freedom from Shame’ of menstruation is essential for healthy and happier women. She is interacting with people and educating them on why it is important to use a sanitary pad. Apart from this, Manushi is also distributing eco-friendly sanitary pads and guiding people on why it is necessary to go green.
As part of the global tour, Manushi has so far visited Hyderabad, Kolkata, New Delhi and is currently in Mumbai. Sharing the glimpses from her Mumbai tour on her social media, Manushi added,
To make the best of any opportunity in life it is important to be healthy and hygienic. Talking to the adolescent girls in Dharavi slum of Mumbai about Menstrual hygiene. There is also a sanitary pad manufacturing unit employing women of the slum and making biodegradable, compostable sanitary pads from pine wood pulp.
Manushi Chillar’s efforts have also been applauded by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Praising her, Mr Naidu said,
There are many beautiful individuals and dutiful persons but a blend of “beauty and duty makes one mighty. This is what Manushi Chillar exemplifies in lending her support to the cause of women.